Impact Iglu Blog

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19 December 2017
Nordic Greenhouse teams in selection
The selection of next year’s Greenhouse incubation programme teams is on the way – now interviews of the applicants are taking place and final decisions of the chosen teams will be made before January 2018. This year the Greenhouse programme aroused interest in all participating Nordic countries: Denmark, DTU + Aarhus University: 18 applications Finland, Aalto University: 14 applications Read More ›

01 November 2017
Develop your green business idea in the Greenhouse programme
Applications for the Greenhouse climate entrepreneurship programme are open. The programme offers business coaching and a strong European network. The Greenhouse programme is seeking students, researchers, and professionals interested in climate entrepreneurship to apply by 30 November. The search is on for business ideas connected with cleantech and innovative climate solutions, products, and services. One Read More ›

10 May 2017
Paying the price for clean air
It’s getting hard to breathe all over the place. In global megacities people can’t go out because of the constant smog. In poorer homes people must get out if they don’t want inhale the dirty smoke from a wood- or kerosene-fired stove that cooks the food and keeps the place warm. Either way, the cost Read More ›

29 March 2017
Marketing advisors for impact businesses (part-time)
Impact Iglu is an impact business accelerator that supports entrepreneurs to solve business and societal challenges together. At Impact Iglu we work with Aalto University community and beyond to enable individuals and teams to contribute to global sustainable development. We link entrepreneurs with knowledge and capacity to access emerging markets with positive impact. Can you Read More ›

24 March 2017
What is our carbon footprint?
Climate discussion in Finland has taken some absurd turns. People are asking with new emphasis: why should we actually care about our own carbon footprint, because no matter what we do, there will always be more people in China or India, and everything there grows much faster? This type of thinking is sad. It’s a Read More ›

27 October 2016
Iglu stands for inclusion
It is with excitement that we introduce Impact Iglu’s new lead Ville Luukkanen. Ville is a senior expert on inclusive business and takes up Iglu’s overall leadership after working as a strategy consultant for African Management Services Company in Johannesburg. Twenty years ago very few businesses took sustainability seriously. Some were outright hostile, many just plain Read More ›

08 August 2016
Duara gears up for future
Duara Travels, the winner of our first Impact Business Competition in 2015, graduated last week from the ’16 batch of Summer of Startups, Aalto ES’s 9-week accelerator program. We sat down with Duara’s Johanna Vierros on the final Demo Day to catch up on their journey so far. The last time we talked in March you were about Read More ›

02 June 2016
Recap: Impact Business Competition 2016
Our second Impact Business Competition gathered seven teams to Design Factory over May 27–29 to tackle some of the most pressing social problems of our time. This year Leaderpool – a gamified online platform tackling gender inequality – took home the winning prize. The second ever Impact Business Competition (IBC) took over Aalto Design Factory last weekend, bringing Read More ›

16 March 2016
In Pursuit of Adventurous Travel Pioneers
Duara, the first winner of Impact Business Competition organised by Impact Iglu in May 2015 has travelled 20 000 miles to find their first partner communities but is still in the very beginning of their journey to change the future of travel in emerging countries. Since last May the founders Elina Voipio, Annika Järvelin and Read More ›

03 December 2015
Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day at Aalto University
The first Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day took place at Urban Mill on December 1st, 2015. This year’s special focus “asylum seekers’ situation in Finland” attracted more than a hundred people from different communities to come on such a slushy day to take part in a one-day long programme. The idea was initiated at Aalto University, School Read More ›

30 November 2015
Impact Iglu @ Slush 2015
SLUSH 2015 was more than just the ordinary technology conference. The impact track, which was started last year with a handful of people, was the most talked about theme this year. “Slush Impact” created more attraction and provided an open platform for many to come together.   In addition to great keynote speakers and honorary Read More ›

20 September 2015
Impact Iglu: Announcing our plans for 2015-2016
We kicked off the Impact Iglu initiative in December 2014 and by all means we have proven that in Helsinki and Finland there are people who care and people who wish to change the world through the power of business. It was incredibly rewarding to see individuals getting together to make this world a better Read More ›

06 September 2015
Finnish startup fights hunger by producing insects
Many believe that insects are the future of the global food industry and developing countries especially. Impact Iglu had a chat with EntoCube, an early-stage Finnish startup aimings to end hunger by providing an accessible and affordable way for insect production. Feeding the expanding population of our planet is only becoming a bigger challenge; there Read More ›

01 May 2015
Singularity University Global Impact Challenge Finland Finals
This Wednesday Impact Iglu went to see the finals of the competition we could not miss – Singularity University Global Impact Challenge – for how inspirational the finalists and speakers were and how great it was to see Finland hosting the competition for the first time. Singularity University is a teaching organisation based in California Read More ›

08 April 2015
Your first steps to changing the world through impact business
In a run-up to our Impact Business Competition, we are publishing this short post to get you inspired and excited about developing your own ideas that can bring real change. Surely we all think about changing the world even though that is a very abstract idea. Some of us dream about getting into business either Read More ›